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The Time Machine | [H. G. Wells]

The Time Machine

The science fiction classic that coined the term "time machine" and is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel. A must listen for any fan of science fiction!
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Publisher's Summary

The science fiction classic that coined the term "time machine" and is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel. A must listen for any fan of science fiction!

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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    Jaq Greenspon Kaunas Lithuania (and Las Vegas, NV) 08-16-12
    Jaq Greenspon Kaunas Lithuania (and Las Vegas, NV) 08-16-12 Member Since 2008

    captainjaq

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    "One of the worst performances"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator would pause, frequently in the middle of a sentence, as if he needed more energy to continue. It was distracting and ultimately, greatly diminished my enjoyment of the book itself.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Rohnert Park, CA, United States 02-04-14
    David Rohnert Park, CA, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Random Pauses in Speech. (Captain Kirk narrates)"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator. I love this book, but couldn't listen for more than a few minutes before I had a headache.

    I'm not picky, I love listening to amateurs and friends read aloud. But this guy just makes it unbearable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Machine?

    The final fleeing from the Morlocks, and the subtle implication of the girl who fell behind's fate.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alan Munro?

    The last audiobook I bought, which I quite enjoyed, was The Stand. The narrator was wonderful. He did a very good jo of being interesting without being jarring. Alan Munro, on the other hand, has random pauses in his speech. I forgot the beginning of the sentence before I hear the end.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Santa Clara, CA, United States 10-04-12
    Jonathan Santa Clara, CA, United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A . . Disjointed . . Performance"

    The story itself is a great story, classic science fiction from a master of the genre. A story worth knowing by anyone interested in science fiction. However, the performance made it difficult to enjoy the story. Munro's style pauses frequently as he reads, but his pauses are often more lengthy than they should be, and occur at someone odd places, breaking the flow of the story greatly.

    For the price, it's worth listening, but if you're really wanting to enjoy the story, look for a different narration.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. 05-22-14
    Ms. 05-22-14
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    "Great story. Terrible reader."

    The story stands up to my childhood memory of reading it - hardly any visits from the racism and sexism fairies who have ruined so many childhood favorites, and an entertaining tale well told.

    The narrator sounds like Captain Kirk on a very bad day. His... pauses and weird... stresses... make this story... harder to... follow, though it... is easy to fall... asleep... while listening.

    Unless you are using it to fall asleep, in which case I recommend it 100%, having used it extensively for that purpose, you should find a different narrator for this classic and excellent tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    anonymous_reviewer 10-17-14
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    "Great story utterly ruined by horrible narration"
    What disappointed you about The Time Machine?

    There isn't enough bad to say about this narration. The only way to get through it was at 3x speed, and even then.... Didn't anyone audition this guy before hiring to read anything but a phone book?


    What did you like best about this story?

    HG Wells is always interesting. He writes stories that work even for a modern audience. I was surprised at how relevant some of his social commentary was.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alan Munro?

    Anyone who proves they can really act rather than just read. Listening to this great story narrated in this drone turned out to be a chore.


    What character would you cut from The Time Machine?

    It's a classic novel. Why would anyone even consider cutting a character that an author-- who is still being read more than 100 years--later decided belonged in his story?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    flossdaily Bayonne, NJ, United States 08-17-14
    flossdaily Bayonne, NJ, United States 08-17-14 Member Since 2011

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "update the firmware on the robot who narrated this"

    The narration is horrible and full of weird pauses that make no sense at all.

    Way to kill a great story, Alan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-24-14
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    "William Shatner impersonator seems to read"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, it's not like the movies. It paints a different future then anyone else even thinks about.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Machine?

    I liked the part where the time traveler is far into the future on a dim lit, lonely beach.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alan Munro?

    Anyone else! I almost stopped listening because he reads with no emotion or connection to the character. He reads like he's a William Shatner impersonator, with too many pauses in his sentences!


    Was The Time Machine worth the listening time?

    The story is worth reading but I don't think I could go thru listening to it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Love CLEARFIELD, UT, United States 07-09-14
    Michelle Love CLEARFIELD, UT, United States 07-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A classic? Yes and should continue to collect dust"

    I only rated this book so high because of its historical factor and its significance to the genre. Otherwise, this book is a waste of time. Seriously, hard to follow (and not just because of the narrator as others have critiqued), and just not that interesting. The story, in its time, was probably magical, but there are so many other options for the genre that I suggest only reading this if you want to read everything in this field; but only if you've read everything else.

    As to the other commentators' critique of the narrator, they are accurate in regard to the pause, but listening at 3X speed, it is barely noticeable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deina New York 06-10-14
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    "Intensely painful."
    Would you listen to The Time Machine again? Why?

    I would love to, if by a different narrator, so I can pay attention to the actual story, rather than incessantly reminding myself how much I hated my life within those hours of listening.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This particular audio book made me realize how important it is to listen to a sample before purchasing. I came to a realization after a few chapters of irritation over the narrator's inability to pronounce some words, actually fumbling through sentences, and throwing in commas and periods randomly - and constantly - where they didn't exist, sort of like a Christopher Walken, without the charm. I began to sincerely suspect that, to save costs on hiring an actual human, the publishing company opted to employ a Speak and Spell. I am not over exaggerating. This is precisely how it sounds.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    As I sat listening to this book all in one sitting, I dreamt up hundreds of other ideas that sounded more pleasurable and worthwhile, that didn't move me to fantasize about slowly boring a hole through my skull with my pencil. Sadly, however, I had a class deadline to keep, and I wasn't going to actually commit time to holding a proper book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zachary 05-14-14
    Zachary 05-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "great story, bad narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alan Munro’s performances?

    no, he has a strange halting speech that is distracting. I was actually seriously considering if it was narrated by some advanced computer program stitching together reused pieces of voice recording.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    4/7/13
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    "OK story for its time, terrible narration"

    I knew the story of The Time Machine from the film adaptation, and too be honest, I did not care hugely for the story, but as a product of its time and as a precursor to modern science fiction, it certainly has its place. However, my main issue with this book was the narration, which was truly awful. Every…sentence…was…so…stilted…it…drove…me…mad!!! Really very poor, I would have given up if the book was not so short, it really did not aide my enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachael
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    6/24/12
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    "Great story - pity about the way it is read"

    Whilst I had already seen the film of The Time Machine, I was curious to hear the original story. It was good, but the way that Alan Munro reads it, I found frustrating. It was very much like it was just being read flatly from the pages of a book. His phrasing was odd and he'd pause between words. Unfortunately, that totally spoiled my enjoyment of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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